Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment: White Plains Doctors Explore Options

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

When it comes to Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) treatment, one must first find the cause. Last year, researchers at the Institute of Neurogenomics at the Helmholtz Center in Munich, Germany discovered the underlying causes of RLS. After studying 46,000 people, they discovered 13 new gene variants that raise the risk of developing the condition, which affects up to 10% of US and European populations.

People with “restless” feet and legs experience a host of terribly unpleasant sensations, ranging from itching, aching, and tugging, to the feeling of insects crawling beneath their skin. RLS most commonly strikes at night, but can also trouble people during long flights, road trips, theatre performances, or while dining out. Fatigue worsens the severity of the symptoms. Imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine is the cause of these feelings, traced back to errors in embryonic nervous system development.

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People with “restless” feet and legs experience a host of terribly unpleasant sensations, ranging from itching, aching, and tugging. [Image Source: Shutterstock.com]

NYC Patients Ask: Is There a Cure for Restless Leg Syndrome?

Posted by on Monday, May 28th, 2018

More than 3 million people have an uncontrollable urge to move their legs while resting or inactive. Twitching muscles and creepy-crawly tingling sensations prevent sufferers of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) from being able to sleep at night or get through their day-to-day activities. “I couldn’t go to church anymore,” one sufferer recalled. “I couldn’t go to a movie, or sit down to crochet, or even eat a meal.” Restless Leg Syndrome is one of the many conditions we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and White Plains.

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Are your restless legs keeping you up at night? NYC podiatrists discuss alternative treatments and advanced therapies. [Image Source: Unsplash user Quin Stevenson]